SCWA-Midlands District Professional Development Workshop

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Date:  Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Location:  Houndslake Country Club, 901 Houndslake Drive, Aiken, SC

Time:  8am to 5pm


Cost:  $60 per registrant 

Midlands District of the South Carolina Writer’s Association is hosting their first in a potential professional development series of workshops for local writers right here in Aiken, South Carolina.

Workshop tickets include snack breaks, lunch, four information-packed workshops and an intimate industry-specific vendor area.  Registrants are even welcome to stay after the workshop for a non-affiliated networking time at Houndslake’s Member Bar.  The workshop is open to the public and all of the CSRA. Although, registration is capped at 60 attendees to ensure the intimate workshop objective.  SCWA members should contact their local chapter to receive their discount code for registration.

Workshops to be presented and presenter’s biographies:

Building Your Brand As An Author – presented by Rebecca Alwine

rebecca alwine headshotRebecca Alwine is a freelance writer, army wife, and mother of three. Over the past 10 years, she’s discovered she enjoys coffee, lifting weights, and most of the menial tasks of motherhood. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found hiding behind the sewing machine or with her nose in a book.

She’s successfully built a business based on name recognition, aka her brand. She is a respected member of the writing community, military community, and is making her mark on the local Augusta community. Her writing experience includes military family topics, research pieces, guest blogging, and much more. She is a regular contributor for several publications including PCSGrades, Military OneClick, and ESME, a former contributing writer for ARMY Magazine, and has also been published in Ms. Magazine and The Atlantic’s City Lab.

Social Media for the Author – presented by Evan Alexander ReadEvan

Evan Alexander Read, is an Augusta, Georgia native and has been an entrepreneur since day one. As a high-schooler, Evan founded, developed, and scaled a nonprofit arts organization called Greater Augusta Youth Theatre that directly impacted over 3500 underserved local school-aged children that more than doubled its annual operating budget every year for four years. In addition to his nonprofit experience, he founded Eximia Marketing, a consulting firm through which he has worked with over 150 businesses across the U.S. and Canada to implement digital inbound marketing systems, increasing revenue and decreasing overall marketing costs. Evan has been certified in digital marketing by Google’s rigorous Partners program and also holds several marketing certifications from Hubspot, Inc., an industry-leading marketing and branding authority. Although much of his business has been done globally, Evan remains an active member of the Columbia County and North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on various committees and boards for local nonprofits. He is currently a REALTOR® with Meybohm Real Estate specializing in luxury properties and is pursuing further education in the commercial real estate industry, where he hopes to one day own a commercial real estate development firm.

It’s The Little Things – presented by Jennifer Marner

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Jennifer Marner is a self-proclaimed jack of all trades. Owner and Senior Event Manager of Sophisticated Splendor, LLC has enabled her to work events from the most intimate dinner party to the large six-figure business gala. Her unique marketing perspective to her contracted events, and other businesses she has consulted for have led to successful out-of-the box campaigns. She is an avid reader of most genres and devours novels . . . she has even been lovingly referred to as a book hoarder. This love led her to SCWA and drives her passion to help authors.



Staying Empowered through Criticism and Critique – presented by Wendy Perry

As a Keynote Speaker/Facilitator, Wendy M. Perry, MS, RN, Co-Founder and Chief WendyExecutive Officer, Catalyst Executive Advising and Development, will introduce key strategies that will inspire and motivate you to achieve your personal and professional goals and empower you to connect, move, and grow to gear up for success!

Through her experience as a leader, clinician, educator, Veteran, and Executive Coach, she engages and empowers others to achieve long-held goals. With a true heart for women and called to inspire girls, Wendy will skillfully guide you on a journey of self-reflection and self-discovery to uncover ways to tap into and realize your full potential! Get Ready to Pow(Her) Up!

The workshop is limited to 60 people. Register today at